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ABOUT US
We are a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ending childhood obesity.  We strive to use and develop technology-based strategies, as well as arts and culture, to reduce childhood obesity in the United States. Our team aims to provide health education, research, and access to nutrition care services, particularly to underserved communities and youth. We believe that proper nutrition education promotes better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle, which in turn can help the prevention and treatment of obesity.


Board of Directors
Tribute to Dr. George L. Blackburn
In memory of Dr. George L. Blackburn (February 12, 1936- February 20, 2017), EChO commemorates Dr. Blackburn's valuable contributions as a Director of EChO. He was the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Nutrition and Associate Director of the Division of Nutrition and Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Nutritional/Metabolism Laboratory; and Director of the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine in the Roberta and Stephen R. Weinter Department of Surgery. He was also Director of the Feihe Nutrition Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Blackburn's research included the role of fatty acids and proteins on energy biochemistry, the nutrient effects of bioactive components on cellular and molecular function, the metabolic correlates of weight loss following surgical treatment of obesity, and the brain- and cognition-based therapies to enhance eating control in pathological conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. 
Dr. Steven Heymsfield
Dr. Steven Heymsfield is a Director of EChO. He is a Professor and George A. Bray Jr. Chair in Nutrition at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (Louisiana State University) where he was also Executive Director from 2010 until 2013. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; completed his residency at Emory University; became Deputy Director of the New York Obesity Research Center and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, New York; and was Executive Director and Global Director of Scientific Affairs for the Obesity group at Merck & Co. Dr. Heymsfield's research focuses primarily on human obesity, including energy balance regulation, weight loss treatments, co-morbidity effects, and development of related mathematical models.
Raymond Jetson 
Raymond Jetson is a Director and the Vice President of EChO. He is the President and CEO of MetroMorphosis, whose mission is to mobilize a critical mass of citizens in inner-city neighborhoods and implement sustainable solutions to community challenges. Raymond Jetson was the fourth pastor of Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a Bachelor’s and Masters' degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary. He served as state representative for District 61 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has also served as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, as well as CEO of the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps. In 2010 he served as a fellow with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard, and he has also served as chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transit and the Baton Rouge Coalition on transit reform.
Kathy McManus, MS, RD, LDN
Kathy McManus is a Director of EChO. She is the Director of the Department of Nutrition and Director of the Dietetic Internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston. In addition, she serves as the Director for Nutrition at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Director of Nutrition and Behavior Modification Programs for the Program for Weight Management at the Brigham and served as a Co-Investigator on an NIH funded obesity study, POUNDS (Preventing Overweight Using Novel Dietary Strategies) Lost.

Ms. McManus has been involved with a number of research trials during her years at the Brigham including Manager of the Nutrition component for the Harvard Atherosclerosis Reversibility Study and the Director of the Nutrition program for the Cholesterol and Recurrent Events (CARE) study, a cholesterol-lowering trial involving 82 sites and more than 4000 patients in both Canada and the U.S. along with the POUNDS Lost trial.  Ms. McManus has presented her research nationally and internationally including China, Japan, Crete, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South America, the United Kingdom and Jordan.

Ms. McManus serves on several leadership committees at the Brigham and is co-chairperson for the hospital’s Nutrition Committee. She has been appointed by the Boston Public Health Commission to serve on their REACH Healthy Beverage and Sodium Reduction Committee and Boston’s Clinical Hypertension Task Force and is a member of the Museum of Science’s Food Task Force. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Heart Association.
  
Dr. Eric Rimm
Dr. Eric Rimm is a Director of EChO. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and also a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.  His research group has specific interests both in the study of modifiable lifestyle choices (e.g. diet and physical activity)  in relation to cardiovascular disease as well as the translation of these findings into public health interventions that are effective for schoolchildren, adults and the food insecure.  He has previously served on the scientific advisory committee for the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  He has published more than 450 peer-reviewed publications during his 20 years on the faculty at Harvard.  Dr. Rimm is an associate editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal of Epidemiology.   He also was awarded the 2012 American Society for Nutrition General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award.
Laurent Adamowicz
Laurent Adamowicz is the founder and President of EChO.  He holds a BA in International Affairs from ESCP-Europe, a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York, and is a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He is a member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Nutrition Round Table.

Since 2005, Laurent Adamowicz has been a public health advocate, a senior lecturer, a speaker at TED Conferences, an author, and a judge of academic competitions, including the annual business plan competition at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard College's Top Chef Competition, the Harvard President's Challenge, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Law School Dean's Challenge. Laurent is the former President & CEO of Fauchon, the gourmet food company that under his leadership operated 650 stores in 34 countries.

His first TED Talk "What has your food been eating?" has been translated in 12 languages, and his second TED Talk "Secondary Sugar Kills" has been translated 
in 35 languages.
  

Advisor and Clerk

Neeraja Krishnaswamy

  
Neeraja Krishnaswamy is Advisor and Clerk of EChO. She has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Case Western Reserve
University, and a Master’s in Public Health from Brown University.  Neeraja previously worked in the non-profit sector, where her efforts went towards improving public health locally and globally.  Her projects included working to bridge the gap in healthcare between the Native American reservations and the greater state system in Arizona, and introducing a community health program to help HIV infected drug-users in Kenya.  She then transitioned to the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, where she worked at Decision Resources Group as a business consultant. She currently works at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals with their Business Intelligence & Analytics Group.
  
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